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Illuminated St. John’s Bible visits seminary

Brad Neary, director of The St. John’s Bible Heritage Program, talks about The St. John’s Bible with seminarians of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary at the Denver school’s Cardinal Stafford Library April 7.  The St. John’s Bible is the first handwritten illuminated Bible to be commissioned since the advent of the printing press.

The original St. John’s Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., with a mission to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the word of God for a new millennium. A team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales worked on The St. John’s Bible for more than 13 years.

The Heritage Edition is a full-size fine art edition of the original St. John’s Bible masterpiece. One of the seven Heritage Edition volumes (Gospels & Acts) was on display at the library for five hours on April 7. Neary answered questions about it throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.saintjohnsbible.org.

Roxanne King
Roxanne King
Roxanne King is the former editor of the Denver Catholic Register and a freelance writer in the Denver area.

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